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Thread: Inherited Embroidery machine

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    Hi, this is my first post. I recently inherited from MDF a Bernina 600 Deco. I'm excited to learn how to use this machine. My friend just found the instruction book and gave it to me yesterday. I burned the midnight oil reading it. Since this will be my first experience in using an embroidery machine I have much to learn. I told my DH if anyone is looking for me he will know where I'll be. I need to get some thread, stabilizer, etc. though. Until I can do that I plan to familiarize myself with the different functions of the machine. I don't know how old the machine is but my friend was using it just prior to gifting it to me. I spent the day with her yesterday, helping her organize her sewing room. She has 4 machines and many, many discs for each one. I organized all the discs for each machine and was in hog heaven looking at all the different patterns.

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    have a ball ~ but beware, it is addicting!!!

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    it is very addicting

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    That is such a wonderful gift! I would love an embroidery/sewing machine... maybe one day :)

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    You will love it and find you are constantly looking for presents for the machine. Depending on what format your machine uses you can get more designs for it from lots of locations. It can get addictive and become a very expensive hobby. I have had a machine since the early 90s. I am now on my third machine and still finding presents for it. If you lived near me I would be glad to share.

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    Very addicting and fun. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.

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    Berninausa.com has a webinar on the website for beginning embroidery machine users. It takes you through some of the basics of embroidery such as stabilizers and thread. They end up talking about the Deco 340 which is their latest standalone embroidery machine. Have fun.

    mltquilt

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    lucky girl...have a great time.

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    VERY ADDITIVE, don't think you have to buy all patterns, lots freebies, lots nice designs.... lots of talent out there to learn from. You sound like an organizer, so this will be a given for you, but before you acquire to many designs decide how you are going to organize them and store them. It's much easier to do it now. HAVE FUN!!!

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    Thanks for all the encouragement. I made my first "practice" embroidery peice this evening and it turned out great. I stayed with a simple design to start out with. I just need to get some more thread and stabilizer now. I cut out 4 more practice blocks and stabilizer so I can practice some more tomorrow. I have already organized my sewing room and continue to critique it as I add things to it. I don't like looking for stuff! It is such a waste of time. I already know that this is going to be very addicting. My friend that gave me the machine told me to just let her know if I needed some coaching just to give her a call - - and I will. (I'm just learning how to use this site so bear with me.)

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    You will love. Ideas are endless especially when you add things to your quilts with it.

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    Welcome from WI. Have fun with the embroidery machine.

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    There are lots and lots and lots of ME designs available and a lot of them are free. Check out Embroidery Library. Their designs stitch out nicely and are reasonably priced. They have some free designs every month and always have sales going. It's great.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy Keys
    Hi, this is my first post. I recently inherited from MDF a Bernina 600 Deco. I'm excited to learn how to use this machine. My friend just found the instruction book and gave it to me yesterday. I burned the midnight oil reading it. Since this will be my first experience in using an embroidery machine I have much to learn. I told my DH if anyone is looking for me he will know where I'll be. I need to get some thread, stabilizer, etc. though. Until I can do that I plan to familiarize myself with the different functions of the machine. I don't know how old the machine is but my friend was using it just prior to gifting it to me. I spent the day with her yesterday, helping her organize her sewing room. She has 4 machines and many, many discs for each one. I organized all the discs for each machine and was in hog heaven looking at all the different patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy
    You will love it and find you are constantly looking for presents for the machine. Depending on what format your machine uses you can get more designs for it from lots of locations. It can get addictive and become a very expensive hobby. I have had a machine since the early 90s. I am now on my third machine and still finding presents for it. If you lived near me I would be glad to share.
    lol... they are addicting.. I live in Iowa... where are you located at... maybe sharing patterns??? hummmm lol

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    Very addicting. I just started in Nov. and already have quite a collection of patterns and thread. Love embroiderylibrary.com

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    WOW what a nice gift congrats

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    I've had my embroidery machine for about 4 years. It really comes in handy. Im currently using it to quilt my latest quilt top. Time consuming but I like the outcome. When I first got it I wanted to embroider everything I could get my hands on, bathroom towels, kitchien towels, cutains. My kids were teenagers, had they been little I would have embroidered every shirt they had. They wouldnt let me as teenagers..darn kids. Have fun, it is an addictive and expensive hobby, but I think its a healthy hobby. First tip, Ive used, used downy sheets for stabilizer works great! Embroidery library has alot of how to tutes and projects, stabalizer information and 2 free designs every month. Once you buy from them, even if its only a dollar the next month you qualify for a special sell. They email you a code, usually half off or more! Have fun playing!

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    Check out sewforum.com! They have an embroidery section that helped me immensely when I was getting started. It is definitely addictive.

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    good website for free embroidery designs is:
    www.embroidables.com
    They usually have at least 1 free design in each group of designs. You just have to open and look for the free ones.

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    Machine embroidery is adictive. There are sooo many designs
    available. I love making quilts with embroidery blocks.
    There is a lot of stuff to buy. I would recommend Isacord thread. My Bernina dealer suggested this thread when I purchased my Bernina. Have fun and enjoy. :thumbup:

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